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New to League One: Barnsley

12 June 2018

We begin our analysis of the seven sides joining Sky Bet League One for the 2018-19 campaign, first taking a look at Barnsley who suffered relegation from the second tier on the final day of the season.

Agonisingly the Tykes were, at one point, free from the drop on the final match of the season and in hindsight a victory would've saved them from demotion. However, a 4-1 away thumping against Derby County would allow Bolton Wanderers to climb to 21st and evade the drop.

The South Yorkshire club were occupying the last "safe" position for as long as the 86th minute until a quickfire double from the Trotters put them in a drawing and then winning position to save themselves from an immediate return to the third tier. The relegation ended their two-year stay in the division.

Paul Heckingbottom was the man to lead the side into the campaign, as he did in the previous season. He took charge of the side in February 2016 after the departure of Lee Johnson and was looking to improve upon the 14th place from his first full season in charge.

The campaign began with a trip to Ashton Gate as the side came up against their previous manager, Johnson. The Tykes would suffer opening day defeat for the fifth year in a row, as they lost 3-1.

Three home games would follow, including their progression in the Carabao Cup against Morecambe, with the third of those three games bringing their first trio of points for the season. Tom Bradshaw and Ryan Hedges both netted the goals in the 2-1 win against Nottingham Forest.

It was evident early on in the season that their home form would be key to survival, if they were going to. A 3-0 win at Oakwell against Sunderland would follow, along with a 3-2 triumph over Derby County in the second round of the Carabao Cup. Despite this, Barnsley would get to the last day of September with only one away point before their 3-1 victory at Millwall.

Back-to-back wins (their only set of the season) against Burton Albion and Middlesbrough would give the side a much-needed six points heading into November but then just two points out of eight games would see the side go on a slide down the league. That run included five defeats in a row, where the side scored just one goal and conceded 12.

The side would complete one of two domestic doubles on the turn of the year, beating Sunderland 1-0 at the Stadium of Light, with their next win completing their second and final - a 2-0 away win at Birmingham City. There was a total of 54 days between the two wins. During that winless spell, manager Heckingbottom departed the club to manage Leeds United, with Paul Harsley taking temporary charge for ten days. Jose Morais was installed as their next permanent manager.

Following the win against the Blues, the side wouldn't win for another seven games, next taking maximum points in a Yorkshire derby against Sheffield United. Despite being the start of April, that would be their penultimate victory of the season, as they just about kept their heads above water.

Beating Brentford 2-0 at Oakwell on the penultimate weekend gave the side renewed hope they could survive in the division, but a final day defeat saw them fall below the dotted line. The relegation also activated a release clause in Morais' contract as he departed the club with immediate effect.

Adam Hammill, Matt Mills, Nick Townsend, Adam Lund, Louis Rowe, Will Alderton, Sam Lomax, Tom Clare, Robbie Miller, Sam Tingle, Brad Ash, Shaun Tuton, Wilberforce Ocran and Kane Swinburn were all released earlier in the summer, while Andy Yiadom left for Reading.

Daniel Stendel was appointed as the club’s new head coach last week following an extensive recruitment process.

44-year-old Stendel arrives with a good reputation from German football and has been developing a strong work-ethic of progressing the talents of young players whilst playing a high intensity, attacking style of football. During his time with Hannover 96, Stendel’s side managed 50 goals in 28 games, showing the attacking nature of his coaching style.


Both teams have met competitively on 42 occasions and met on four occasions in the 2015-16 season - the last campaign in which United faced the Tykes.

2015-16 - Fri Mar 25 LG 1 Barnsley 0-0 Iron  
2015-16 - Sat Oct 31 LG 1 Iron 2-0 Barnsley Hopper, McSheffrey
2015-16 - Tue Sep 1 FLT R1 Iron 1-2 Barnsley Goode
2015-16 - Tue Aug 11 LGC R1 Iron 1-1 Barnsley
(7-6 to Barnsley on pens)
2014-15 - Tue Feb 24 LG 1 Iron 0-1 Barnsley  
2014-15 - Sat Nov 29 LG 1 Barnsley 1-2 Iron Madden 2
2013-14 - Tue Aug 6 LGC R1 Barnsley 0-0 Iron
(5-4 to Barnsley on pens)
2010-11 - Tue Mar 8 CHAMP Barnsley 2-1 Iron Collins
2010-11 - Tue Sep 28 CHAMP Iron 0-0 Barnsley  
2009-10 - Tue Feb 16 CHAMP Iron 2-1 Barnsley Hooper, Hayes
2009-10 - Sat Jan 2 FAC R3 Iron 1-0 Barnsley Hayes
2009-10 - Wed Dec 9 CHAMP Barnsley 1-1 Iron Hayes
2007-08 - Tue Jan 1 CHAMP Iron 2-2 Barnsley Morris, Youga
2007-08 - Sat Sep 15 CHAMP Barnsley 2-0 Iron  
2005-06 - Sat Dec 10 LG 1 Barnsley 5-2 Iron Beagrie pen, MacKenzie
2005-06 - Tue Aug 9 LG 1 Iron 2-1 Barnsley Crosby pen, Taylor
2003-04 - Tue Jan 13 FAC R3 R Iron 2-0 Barnsley Torpey, McCombe
2003-04 - Sat Jan 3 FAC R3 Barnsley 0-0 Iron  
1980-81 - Tue Aug 12 LGC R1 L2 Barnsley 2-1 Iron Cammack
1980-81 - Sat Aug 9 LGC R1 L1 Iron 0-1 Barnsley  
1978-79 - Tue Mar 13 DIV 4 Barnsley 4-1 Iron Grimes
1978-79 - Sat Sep 9 DIV 4 Iron 0-1 Barnsley  
1977-78 - Tue Mar 7 DIV 4 Iron 1-0 Barnsley Keeley
1977-78 - Tue Sep 13 DIV 4 Barnsley 3-0 Iron  
1976-77 - Tue Feb 8 DIV 4 Iron 1-2 Barnsley Pilling
1976-77 - Sat Nov 6 DIV 4 Barnsley 5-1 Iron Pilling
1975-76 - Tue Apr 20 DIV 4 Iron 1-0 Barnsley O'Connor
1975-76 - Sat Jan 3 DIV 4 Barnsley 1-0 Iron  
1974-75 - Tue Oct 1 DIV 4 Iron 1-0 Barnsley Warnock
1974-75 - Tue Sep 3 DIV 4 Barnsley 2-2 Iron Collier, Roberts
1973-74 - Tue Jan 1 DIV 4 Barnsley 5-0 Iron  
1973-74 - Sat Sep 1 DIV 4 Iron 3-0 Barnsley Houghton, Barker, Keeley
1964-65 - Fri Feb 5 DIV 3 Iron 2-3 Barnsley Hutton, Thomas
1964-65 - Fri Sep 25 DIV 3 Barnsley 2-0 Iron  
1963-64 - Tue Jan 7 FAC R3 R Barnsley 3-2 Iron Brownsword 2 pens
1963-64 - Sat Jan 4 FAC R3 Iron 2-2 Barnsley Wilson, Lawther
1958-59 - Sat Mar 21 DIV 2 Barnsley 0-1 Iron Harburn
1958-59 - Sat Nov 1 DIV 2 Iron 1-0 Barnsley Waldock
1954-55 - Wed Sep 15 DIV 3N Barnsley 1-0 Iron  
1954-55 - Thu Sep 9 DIV 3N Iron 1-0 Barnsley Gregory
1953-54 - Mon Apr 19 DIV 3N Barnsley 0-1 Iron Haigh
1953-54 - Fri Apr 16 DIV 3N Iron 6-0 Barnsley Gregory 2, Haigh, Brown, Jones, Thomas (og)
League 13 5 14
EFL Trophy 0 0 1
League Cup 0 2 2
FA Cup 2 2 1
Total 15 9 18

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